Managing Backed-Up Data

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    You can manage backed-up data in the following ways.

    Removing Image-Level Backups and Snapshots

    You can remove image-level backups and snapshots from Blob storage backup repositories only using the Web UI component of the Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure appliance. For more information on how to delete snapshots and backups, see the Managing Backed-Up Data section in Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure User Guide.

    Decrypting Image-Level Backups

    If you specify decryption passwords for standard backup repositories when adding a Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure appliance, Veeam Backup & Replication automatically decrypts backup files stored in these repositories. If you do not specify decryption passwords, backup files remain encrypted.

    To decrypt backup files:

    1. Open the Home view.
    2. In the inventory pane, navigate to Backups > External Repository (Encrypted).
    3. In the working area, select a backup policy whose image-level backups you want to decrypt or select an individual backup. Then click Specify Password on the ribbon, or right-click one of the selected backups, and select Specify password.
    4. In the Password field, enter a password.

    In the Hint field, you can see a hint for the password used to encrypt the backup files. Use this hint to recall the password.

    Alternatively, you can specify a decryption password at the Container step of the Edit External Repository wizard. For more information on how to open the wizard, see the Editing Settings of External Repository section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

    Backup decryption

    Retrieving Data from Archive

    To access data stored in an archive repository, you must first retrieve the data. During the data retrieval process, a temporary copy of the archived data is created in a blob container where the archive repository resides. This copy is created in the hot or cool tier and stored for the period of time that you specify when launching the data retrieval process. For more information, see the Copy an archived blob to an online tier section in Microsoft Docs.

    To launch the data retrieval process, do the following:

    1. Launch the restore wizard as described in Launch Restore to Microsoft Azure Wizard or Launch Restore to Microsoft Azure SQL Wizard.
    2. At the Machine or SQL Database step of the restore wizard, select a workload whose backup is stored in an archive repository. Click Next.
    3. [If the backup is also stored in a standard repository] In the Confirm restore window, click Archive.
    4. Confirm that you want to perform data retrieval by clicking Yes.
    5. At the Retrieval Mode step of the Retrieve Backup wizard, select a method for data retrieval:
    • Standard Priority. The default priority method. The retrieved data will be available within about 15 hours.
    • High Priority. The faster, but more expensive priority method. The retrieved data will be available within about one hour. For example, if the size of a backup file is less than 10 GB.

    For more information on priority options, see Microsoft Docs.

    1. At the Availability Period step of the Retrieve Backup wizard, do the following:
    1. In the Keep retrieved data available for field, specify the number of days for which you want to keep the data available for restore operations.

    The data will be available during the day when the retrieval finishes plus the specified number of days. Each day starts at 12 AM and ends at 11:59 PM (in your appliance time zone). For example, if the data retrieval finished at 3 PM, June 6, and the number of days is set to 1, the data will be available till 11:59 PM, June 7.

    You will be able to manually extend data availability later if required.

    1. If you want to receive an email notification when data availability period is about to expire, select the Send notification email check box, and specify the number of hours before the expiration time when the notification must be sent.

    Check that you have configured global email notification settings as described in the Configuring Global Email Notification Settings section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.

    1. At the Summary step of the Retrieve Backup wizard, review settings for data retrieval and click Finish.

    The retrieved data will be available on the Home view, in the Data Retrieval node of the inventory pane.

    Retrieve data from archive

    Extending Data Availability

    To extend time for which you want to keep retrieved data available for restore operations:

    1. Open the Home view.
    2. In the inventory pane, click the Data Retrieval node.
    3. In the working area, select a workload for which you want to extend availability of the retrieved data.
    4. On the ribbon, click Extend Availability. Alternatively, right-click the selected workload and click Extend availability.
    1. In the opened window, specify the number of days for which you want to keep the data available for restore operations. Click OK.

    Extend data availability